Research Article

Effect on clinical outcome of breast feeding during acute diarrhoea.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 23 February 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:587
  1. M U Khin,
  2. Nyunt-Nyunt-Wai,
  3. Myo-Khin,
  4. Mu-Mu-Khin,
  5. U Tin,
  6. Thane-Toe


    The effects of oral rehydration fluid alone and of oral rehydration fluid plus breast feeding on the course and outcome of acute diarrhoea were assessed in two groups of 26 children aged under 2 years. Children who continued to be breast fed during treatment with oral rehydration solutions passed significantly fewer diarrhoeal stools. They also passed, on average, a smaller volume of diarrhoeal stools and recovered from diarrhoea sooner after the start of treatment. Their requirement for oral rehydration fluid was significantly reduced. Breast feeding exerts a beneficial effect on the course and outcome of acute diarrhoea by reducing the number and volume of diarrhoeal stools.